A B O U T
The TDL Council (transportation distribution logistics) is an industry cluster supported by the SC Council on Competitiveness. The TDL Council brings together public and private entities with the vision of making South Carolina’s TDL industry the most competitive in the country. Of the 30 governing members, three seats are held by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the South Carolina Ports Authority. The remaining 27 seats are reserved for private sector industry representatives from air, land, sea, and rail, including railroads, major airports, freight trucking, logistics and warehousing companies, industry customers and supply chain support companies. The efforts are facilitated by Suzanne Dickerson, Director of Logistics Initiatives. For more information and to get involved, please contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
L E A D E R S H I P
President, Alliance Consulting Engineers, LLC
Regional Chair, Upstate
Regional Chair, Low Country
Regional Chair, Midlands
H I S T O R Y
The TDL Council began in 2008 when the SC Council on Competitiveness convened a Summit of over 50 industry leaders to discuss growing distribution and logistics services in South Carolina. That first Summit produced a strategic plan to address industry challenges. Since then, the TDL Council has been working alongside SC Council on Competitiveness to sustain the competitive edge of transportation, distribution and logistics in South Carolina.
A N N U A L S U M M I T
Since 2011, the TDL Council and SC Council on Competitiveness have presented the annual South Carolina TDL Summit, an event that brings together over 250 political and business leaders from around the state to review the latest national trends, celebrate industry successes, discuss threats to the industry’s success, and opportunities to move the industry forward.
P R O G R E S S
Since the TDL Council began, a number of significant successes have occurred within the industry, which include:
• A renewed focus and commitment from SC’s political, public and business leaders on working together to grow SC’s TDL cluster. For the first time ever, the SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Transportation and SC Ports Authority are gathered at the same table with users and providers of air, sea, rail and road freight transportation with a goal of solving common problems.
• The SC General Assembly enacted revisions to the Economic Development statutes to better encourage and incentivize warehousing and distribution, and port-related industries to be competitive with out neighboring states.
• The establishment of privately funded warehousing and distribution facility infrastructure in the Lowcountry to compete with state-owned facilities being offered in other states.
• The creation of the Division of Intermodal and Freight Programs within the SC DOT by the state legislature.
• Positioning for equal dual rail access at North Charleston port terminals.
• Inclusion of the SC DOT Secretary on the Coordinating Council at the Department of Commerce, and on the State Ports Authority Board.
• The opening of the inland Port in Greer, expanding the economic ties between the Upstate and the Lowcountry and increasing the state’s competitiveness as a leader in freight mobility.
• The Annual Summit, held annually since 2011, has grown in size and importance each year, attracting important decision-makers, political leaders, and private stakeholders to gather and address the future of the industry in the Palmetto State.